Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is likely to get its first Hindu temple by 2020 with a legal entity been registered with the local government for its construction, according to a media report.
The Abu Dhabi Government approved the plan of the construction of the temple in the UAE’s capital during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to the country in 2015.
As per media reports, the temples construction committee will appoint consultants within a month as part of the legal requirements to start the construction.
Global Hindu religious and civic organization, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, will build and manage the temple. A legal entity has been registered with the Abu Dhabi government to serve this purpose.
Once the consultants are selected, everything has to be done through them as they can take further steps as per the local rules and regulations, the report quoted Sadhu Brahma Viharidas, in-charge of the Middle East at BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, as saying.
He said the temple committee is hoping to complete the construction by 2020.
The temple is designed to have seven towers representing the seven emirates in the UAE will come upon a 14-acre piece of land at Abu Mureikhah in Al Rahba area on the Abu Dhabi-Sweihan-Al Ain Road, close to the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway.
The stones of the temples will be carved in India by stone artisans which while being translocated and assembled in the UAE. The registration of the temple committee as a legal entity (named Mandir Ltd) with the Abu Dhabi Global Market is a critical first step.
The Ministry of Community Development has also approved the entity as a charity.
As per media reports, Indian ambassador to the UAE, Navdeep Singh Suri, was quoted saying that the committee is now eligible to accept donations, as it can now access bank account to receive donations from people for the construction.
Source – PTI.